The Dangerous Doctrine of Christ

Saul of Tarsus was a devout Pharisaic Jew who was born a citizen of the Roman Empire. He spoke fluent Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic. He was educated at the feet of Gamaliel, a revered doctor of the Law and the Prophets. Upon his conversion to Christianity, Saul, renamed Paul, became the single most influential preacher of...

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The Nephite Ministry of Jesus Christ—Part 3

  A Little Background This is the final of three articles.  The first article looked at how Jesus’ ministry to the Nephites begins with three chapters quoted from the New Testament, being the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5-7; how those chapters are not just filler, but how pieces of the New Testament chapters are...

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Malachi and Isaiah in Third Nephi–Part 2

  My last article showed how three chapters from Matthew (the Sermon on the Mount from Matt. 5-7) are quoted at the beginning of Jesus’ Nephite ministry, and thereafter incorporated into his teachings approximately 15 times. Bookending these three New Testament chapters at the outset of Jesus’ ministry are three Old...

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The Sermon on the Mount in the Book of Mormon–Part 1

  When I was a missionary, it was customary to introduce the new investigator to the Book of Mormon by inviting them to read the appearance of the Savior to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 11.  I remember being concerned whenever this invitation was given that the investigator would continue reading into 3 Nephi 12-14 and realize that...

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Thoroughly Modern Book of Mormon

Thoroughly Modern Book of Mormon Having recently written a two-part article on the seemingly undeniable connections between the Book of Mormon and the ancient world, I thought it only fair to examine the flip side of the coin, and set forth evidence that the Book of Mormon is not an ancient, but a modern, composition. Like most...

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“Take, eat, this is my body.”

I saw an indelible image in a BYU Photography exhibit in the Harris Fine Arts Center in late 2003. The theme of the exhibition was modern idolatry and the piece was called “See that you do not take these things lightly.” I have tried in vain to find it for years since, and even considered having someone take a similar...

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The Messy History of Joseph Smith’s Bible Revision

The “Joseph Smith Bible Revision” (JSBR) — generally known as the “Joseph Smith Translation” (JST) in the Utah Mormon tradition and the “Inspired Version” (IV) in the RLDS/Community of Christ tradition — has a somewhat messy history.[1] The work was considered a top priority of Joseph...

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A Brief History of the Bible, Part IV: New Testament

This is Part 4 of Jared Anderson’s Brief History of the Bible. For the timeline of the New Testament click here. New Testament Creation The New Testament as we have it did not exist for over three hundred years, though all books were written within a century of Jesus’ death. Paul’s letters were likely the first to be...

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A Brief History of the Bible, Part III: New Testament Timeline

Christian Literature (According to Raymond Brown, Introduction to the New Testament [New York: Doubleday, 1997]) Apostolic Fathers based on Ehrman’s Loeb editions and Clayton Jefford’s Reading the Apostolic Fathers Lost Sources Lost Sources Writings of the Jerusalem Church? Other letters by Paul, including perhaps some to...

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A SUPER BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Apr 15, 12 A SUPER BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

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Several years ago when The Da Vinci Code was published,   I was intrigued by the outrage coming from  Catholics and Protestant Christians and the lack of response by the LDS membership.  As I began to investigate the claims made by the book,  I was further intrigued to find that, not only Christian Bible Scholars were speaking...

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